Spondylolisthesis (cont.)

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Can spondylolisthesis be prevented?

Spondylolisthesis cannot be completely prevented. Certain activities such as gymnastics, weight-lifting and football are known to increase the stress on the vertebrae and increase the risk of developing spondylolisthesis.

What are the complications of spondylolisthesis?

Complications of spondylolisthesis include chronic pain in the lower back or legs, as well as numbness, tingling or weakness in the legs. Severe compression of the nerve can cause problems with bowel or bladder control, but this is very uncommon.

What is the outlook for spondylolisthesis?

The outlook for patients with spondylolisthesis is good. In most cases patients respond well to a conservative treatment plan. For those with continued severe symptoms, surgery can help alleviate the leg symptoms by creating more space for the nerve roots. The back pain can be helped through a lumbar fusion.

Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

REFERENCE:

"Approach to the diagnosis and evaluation of low back pain in adults"
uptodate.com


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/31/2014

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